After being teased earlier on this week, we have now got our first proper look at four new Donkey Kong LEGO adventure playsets which provide another expansion to the LEGO Super Mario collection.
The sets each contain one or two famous members of the Kong family, and have various interactive components to be used with other figures. The upcoming collection consists of Donkey Kong's Tree House Expansion Set (£57.99 / $59.99), Diddy Kong's Mine Cart Ride Expansion Set (£94.99 / $109.99), Dixie Kong's Jungle Jam Expansion Set (£20.99 / $26.99) and a smaller Rambi the Rhino Expansion set (£8.99 / $10.99), all of which will release on 1st August.
You can get a taste of each of these sets in the following announcement tweet from LEGO:
The Tree House expansion (containing Donkey Kong and Cranky Kong figures) is now available to pre-order on the LEGO website. Here's a little more info about the set itself from LEGO:
- Join the DK crew at Donkey Kong’s Tree House (71424) – Kids team up with Donkey Kong™ in the jungle for banana-gifting, conga drum-playing fun with this colorful LEGO® Super Mario™ Expansion Set
- 2 LEGO® Super Mario™ figures from the Donkey Kong™ world: Donkey Kong and Cranky Kong
- Authentic details – Explore the tree house with its buildable TV, radio and secret compartment, nap in the hammock, knock a banana off the palm tree, ‘play’ the conga drums and more
- Friendship play – Ride on Donkey Kong’s back with LEGO® Mario™, LEGO® Luigi™ or LEGO® Peach™ (figures not included), ‘give’ Donkey Kong™ a banana and visit Cranky Kong several times to gain a reward
- Gift for ages 8 and up – This 555-piece set makes a fun birthday or holiday gift for kids who own a LEGO® Super Mario™ Starter Course (71360, 71387 or 71403), which is needed for interactive play
- Rebuild and combine – Measuring over 7.5 in. (19 cm) high, 18 in. (46 cm) wide and 6.5 in. (17 cm) deep in its basic formation, this modular set combines with other LEGO® Super Mario™ toy playsets
- Digital instructions – Download the LEGO® Super Mario™ app for building instructions, inspiration and more. For a list of compatible Android and iOS devices, visit LEGO.com/devicecheck
- Encourage kids’ creativity – Collectible LEGO® Super Mario™ toys are designed for solo or social play, offering coin-collecting fun and limitless creative challenges through expansion and rebuilding
- Premium quality – LEGO® building bricks satisfy rigorous industry quality standards, ensuring that they connect simply and strongly for robust builds
- Safety is a priority – LEGO® components are dropped, heated, crushed, twisted and analyzed to make sure that they comply with stringent global safety standards
As we have seen with previous expansions in the collection, none of these sets includes any of the interactive figures such as Mario, Luigi or Peach, and will need to be combined with one of the starter sets in order to be used like a Mario course.
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[source lego.com, via twitter.com]
Why is Mario so faded? It's like Donkey Kong has murdered him so Mario's ghost is still around waiting to cross to the other side once he's revenged!
Wow, that looks like total junk
Not much of a LEGO person but my sister will be all over these. We’re both huge DK fans. Happy to see Rambi and Squawks and Dixie with her electric guitar. I’m not surprised these are based on Returns and Tropical Freeze but the mole and silly shark enemies are a nice touch. Don’t get your hopes up for King K. Rool and Kremlings, sadly. The tikis lend themselves well to LEGO but I want to see Snowmads, too.
This is all set-up for the new Lego Mario vs Donkey Kong game coming in the near future.
Will add this to the collection.
Is anyone even still keeping up with Lego Mario? Just seems far too expensive for what you get out of it, since the sets are more for play than display
@MS7000 Instead of cel shading obscuring lower res Nintendo AAA games, perhaps Lego blockiness can be used going forward. Not that Mario vs. DK was ever AAA.
@jump Are you being serious? I could be wrong, but I believe the Mario figure is meant to be faded so that parents/consumers aren't confused by the fact that Mario is not included in the set.
@dkxcalibur I still can’t get over the fact that Mario Luigi and Peach aren’t all available in a standalone pack. Not everyone wants the starter set
With built in Seth Rogan button so you can hear his "huh huh huh" laugh anytime!
Lego Mario game when?
No Kremlings again? Seriously, why does Nintendo hate them so much? If they really do not want to use them any more, Nintendo can just sell them to Microsoft. There are rumours going around of a revival of the Banjo-Kazooie games. Maybe K. Rool can have a guest appearance there.
I knew Funky was going to be in the biggest set.
I'll just pay $30 for him on eBay.
That's very cute!
@RareFan I don't know? The Kremlings are iconic.
I don't buy Legos anymore but I can still appreciate design. These are awful, the whole Nintendo line is a low point that I haven't seen since the time when lego was bottoming out in the mid 00's. If you were there and paying attention, you'll remember, if not, you just won't get it.
"Expand your starter course"
@PikaPhantom all of Lego is far too expensive right now.
@PikaPhantom Yeah, I am. Each new wave is still a huge semiannual highlight for my son and I. And we get out the sets and play with them every now and then.
Just lemme buy the figures without the sets and I'm cool.
Lego Donkey Kong Country?!
@LastFootnote That's cool! I've just never seen much buzz about the Lego Mario sets, so I figured that not many really bother to keep up with them anymore. I appreciate that they tried to gamify the main Mario sets, but I think the more traditional Nintendo ones they've done are a bit more appealing, albeit not ones I'd personally really want to get due to the prices, either.
A ‘Rambi the Rhino Expansion set’?
I was hoping for a Winky Expansion set.
It’s been far too long since that Winky has seen the light of day.
Who wouldn’t want to see Lego Mario riding Winky? Nintendo and Lego should just get that Winky out.
There has to be a new Donkey Kong game somewhere on the horizon.
The prominent role of the Kongs in the the Mario movie, this LEGO set, the planned Kong explanation for Nintendo World… I doubt we’ll see anything announced super soon, but it’s clear that the DK IP is far from forgotten.
The LEGO Mario sets keep getting better. They're a ton of fun with a kid and bring their imaginations out. The latest was my son, after playing 3D World for the first time, creating a map/course based on different worlds in that game. Some of these sets are displayable, some just have awesome action elements. Buy what suits you because keeping up with all of them was going to be futile for many of us anyway ...
Mario and DK shared many games together, but I never thought DK's land was so close to the Mushroom Kingdom until the film
Yep, agreed. My daughters (6 & 5) adore Lego Mario, both building and playing. The app you use for building is fantastic too, in much the same way that Labo was. You can manipulate the drawings, turn them around, and my daughters have learnt to read Lego instructions brilliantly.
It is what you make it. We have a great time building the sets for the first time together, and then they make their own courses. All the builds are full of Easter Eggs (the Bob-Omb Battlefield painting in Peach’s Castle and some of the touches in the Luigi’s Mansion sets really made me smile) and hey, if you don’t want to build Mario stuff, take it apart and it’s normal Lego too.
I think my daughters will be interested in at least one of these sets, they loved DK in the movie.
Wonderful! I wish to see a pirate ship and K.Rool next
They look stupid like the mario lego.
@RevrsblSedgewick These sets are definitely all based on Donkey Kong Country Returns. The enemies and designs all come from there. Rambi's the only animal buddy in that game, so it's the only one we're likely to get in Lego form.
@Heartless666 Your face looks stupid!
But seriously, you get used to how weird the Lego Mario characters look pretty quickly. And I honestly think Mario minifigures would look pretty weird too.
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